Huntington - “You never realize how important it is to be an active citizen of the world until it’s on your shoulders to save it,” stated sophomore Margaret Rock.
The Gateway Model United Nations Club attended the UMASS MUN Conference from March 10-12, held at the UMass Amherst Campus Center. The weekend consisted of over ten hours of debate, a keynote speaker, a delegate dance, trivia, and board games. Gateway MUN Club’s participation was funded by the Gateway Education Foundation.
Model United Nations (MUN) is an extracurricular activity where the students simulate UN conferences and roleplay countries or people. Delegates must research before so they can be informed and speak eloquently about their topic.
Eight students from Gateway who attended were Dawson Atkin, Jonathan D’amours, Kilee Holmes, Charlotte Kazalski, Rachel LeBarron, Autumn Marchetto, Margaret Rock and Livia Shepard.
Sonya Atalay, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst, was the keynote speaker. She discussed how in order to succeed we need to be kind and communicate. She drew on her recent archaeology and cultural heritage-related projects in which she worked with local communities to educate and gain understanding.
“The unquantifiable necessity of being exposed to individuals of different cultural backgrounds is fully captured in MUN,” stated sophomore Kilee Holmes.
The students addressed real-world issues such as climate change, the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, and human rights.
“It is so amazing to be working with like-minded students who are interested in international affairs,” said junior Dawson Atkin.